Graham Hill is currently deputy headteacher of Ilfracombe Academy but will take over from Louise Miller-Marshall, who is leaving Pilton at Easter after eight years. Mr Hill takes up his new role in September and current vice principal Danny Heaton will be acting head for the summer term. The chair of Piltons governing body, Mark Cartmell, and the chief executive of the academy trust Ventrus, Gary Chown, said Mr Hill was the unanimous choice of the appointments panel. They said: Graham is extremely well respected by pupils, parents and staff at Ilfracombe Academy. He has been a central driver in Ilfracombes school improvement journey. Graham is a significant figure in the North Devon community where he coaches basketball, football and rugby. He also assists with coaching at North Devon athletics team and Woolacombe Surf Lifesaving Club. Mr Hill said: I am delighted to be appointed as principal of Pilton Community College to work alongside an amazing group of young people and staff. I look forward to leading the way in our exciting journey together.